It was a special day for Roy Wink PPrJGW, when a number of members of his lodge, Harmonic Lodge No 216, and the Gladstone Group Chairman Bill Culshaw PAGDC, visited his home in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. Bill was there to present Roy with his jubilee certificate as Roy had just completed 50 years as a Freemason.
Roy has not been able to visit his lodge for 10 years due to an illness which necessitated the loss of his driver’s license. However, this did not stop the special occasion taking place. The party of four consisted of Bill, John Owen (WM), Geoff Holly (almoner) and Phil Marshall (assistant secretary). They were welcomed by Roy, his wife Heather and youngest daughter Helen. Roy was having what he called, a good day, and looking well in anticipation of the proceedings. The group were seated in Roy’s comfortable lounge and spent some time chatting and in particular updating Roy on all members of the lodge. The normal formalities of such a gathering were put aside as Bill gave a brief account of Roy’s Masonic achievements, his two consecutive years as WM, his period as secretary and his appointment and promotion in Provincial Grand Lodge.
Roy was proposed and seconded by two close friends of his father Bob Wink, Arnold and Charles Cowlin, on 9 November 1967, He was initiated in the basement of The Exchange Hotel in Tithebarn Street, Liverpool, in the largest of the two meeting rooms. By the WM R Johnson. The antient charge was delivered by Roy’s father, Bob, a Cheshire Mason and a joining member of Acanthus Lodge No 4624. Roy was passed and raised within one year and became WM in 1976. Sadly, the senior warden passed away during his year in office so Roy continued in office for a consecutive year. In 1984 Roy was appointed secretary, a position he occupied for six years. In 1990 he was promoted in Provincial Grand Lodge from PPrJGD to the rank of PPrJGW. Roy was also installed as first principal of Sacred Delta Chapter No 216 in 1987.
Roy was educated at the renowned Liverpool Institute, together with Paul McCartney and George Harrison (who?), newscaster and war correspondent Peter Sissons, Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright. Arthur Askey was also a former pupil of The Inny. However, Roy was quick to point out that he was many years his senior. Roy began his working life as an office boy with Jacob’s Biscuits and progressed through many offices and company name changes to become Secretary of the Pensions Department.
At the youthful age of 55, Roy retired and moved his family to Colwyn Bay, reputed to enjoy the warmest climate in North Wales. As travelling to Liverpool became more difficult; Roy joined Sincerity Lodge No 4424, which meet at The Masonic Hall in Colwyn Bay. He enjoyed many happy times there making numerous new friends but again, due to illness, has been unable to attend for a number of years. In recognition of his long service in Harmonic Lodge and to mark his jubilee year, Roy was made an honorary member in January 2017.
During Bill’s presentation, he reminded Roy of past masters who were members in 1967 when he was initiated, and 1977, the year he became WM. Bill then read the contents of the jubilee certificate which had been signed by the PrGM, Tony Harrison and Peter Taylor, PrSec. The group present applauded Roy
Heather and Helen then invited the party to retire to the dining room where a splendid hot and cold luncheon had been prepared. Accompanied by a choice of beverages, a toast was proposed to Roy with a hope that he would soon return to full health. Geoff assured Roy that if he ever felt fit enough to make the journey, he would willingly come across from Liverpool and take him to his lodge and return him home safely. The group thanked Roy, Heather and Helen for their warm welcome and splendid hospitality before setting off towards the Mersey Gateway and back to the province of West Lancashire. A memorable day indeed for Roy and his guests.
Article and photographs by Phil Marshall.